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Spanish legal regulations on Foreign Direct Investment

Foreign direct investment (FDI) (Inversión Extranjera Directa) involves the transfer of capital by economic entities from one country to another country, with the intention of establishing businesses or subsidiaries there, as well as acquiring or obtaining a relevant shareholding in foreign companies.

British Virgin Islands – Voluntary liquidations for first half-year companies

As annual British Virgin Islands (“BVI”) Registry fees are now payable for those BVI companies that were incorporated or registered in the first half of the year, it is time to start planning the liquidation of those entities that have reached the end of their life cycle, to ensure that unnecessary Registry fees are not incurred.

IR35 rules now extended to private sector businesses

The IR35 rules were extended to cover all medium and large organisations in the private sector. Under the reforms these businesses are now responsible for determining whether their contractors fall inside or outside the scope of IR35, rather than the workers themselves.



In-house interview: Weir Group GC, Keith Ruddock

Weir Group’s Keith Ruddock honed his belief that lawyers work close to the coalface at Shell, and now applies that ethos to help the Scottish engineering conglomerate grow Keith Ruddock became Weir Group general counsel and company secretary in April 2012. At that point the company had been growing significantly through acquisition, and the privately […]


Eversheds hires White & Case HR chief Slape

Eversheds has hired Moira Slape as its new HR director who joins the firm after four years with White & Case. At her former firm, Slape held the post of director of HR for Europe, the Middle East and Africa, where she was responsible for 2,000 people and 250 partners.  Prior to joining White & […]

UK Supreme Court

Dechert client Starbucks to take on KWM SJB for BSkyB at Supreme Court

Broadcasting group Starbucks (HK) Ltd is making a final bid to win its trademark battle against British Sky Broadcasting (BSkyB) after being granted permission to appeal an earlier ruling at the Supreme Court.  The two broadcasters will go head-to-head in the Supreme Court over whether the Hong Kong-based Starbucks can claim ownership of the community […]

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BLP and King & Spalding scoop lead roles as Greece opens up oil sector

Berwin Leighton Paisner (BLP) and King & Spalding have taken the main legal advisory roles on the awarding of Greece’s first oil and gas exploration leases for two decades. King & Spalding, alongside Greek firm M&P Bernitsas, represented the Greek government on the agreements, with the instruction marking a new client for the firm. Meanwhile […]

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